Description of App:
Rainbow RSS Reader is an exciting new way to read the news on the move. It is a full-featured standalone newsreader App made to have your news available and up to date whenever and wherever you are.
The main idea behind Rainbow RSS Reader is the Unified Feed. A lot like the unified inbox, it puts together all the news from different sources in chronological order making it easy to navigate. The Unified Feed is the App’s main screen.
You can assign a color to each one of your sources so that the news in the Unified Feed are marked with respective colors – immediately visible and intuitive. You can also filter news by choosing one of the colors or by searching for a particular keyword.
While reading an article you can always move to the next or previous item or jump to the first unread article on your Unified Feed with the latter being also possible by simply shaking your device. This is particularly useful when reading in fullscreen mode (tap anywhere with two fingers to enter or exit fullscreen mode) or if your hands are busy.
Back at the main screen you can swipe any article and choose to show only news from the same channel, of the same color or initiate a full text search using the article’s title as a keyword. If you’re already filtering or viewing search results, swiping any article will restore the default mode.
The App lets you configure all the feeds you like by simply adding them from the “Feeds” screen, accessible by tapping the Bookmarks button. You can setup a single feed by typing the name of the site or full RSS/Atom feed URL or you may choose to import feeds from your Google-Reader account.
Rainbow RSS Reader caches all your news so that you can read them even when the network is not available. You can always choose to mark all items “As read” or ask the App to download latest news updates.
- Unified feed
- Group by color
- Full text search
- Off-line reading
- Share by email, Twitter & Facebook
- Automatic feed detection
- Google-Reader import
- Fullscreen reading
Rainbow RSS Reader is offered for free and will show Apple iAd advertising in regions where it is available.
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This app is completely accessible. All elements are read, and the buttons are clearly labelled. It also has a very simple interface that is easy to naviagate and use.
This is a very basic RSS reader, which might suit some.
It is not for power users, as all the feed items are aggregated into a single list. This would be quite confusing if you had lots of feeds.
Another criticism is that it does not support embedded browsing, which means that it takes you off to Safari every time that you want to read the full article.